Friday, 6 July 2018

Strahan, Tasmania

At Strahan you can catch the steam train to travel to Queenstown but the steam train only goes so far then you hop into a normal train.  This was always the case - when I lived at Queenstown every year just before school finished all the children hopped into an open air carriage with a canopy on top and off we went to Strahan for a school breakup picnic.  At times the steam train went so slow that the boys would get out and run up the hill to wait for the train to arrive then hop back in.
In so many places one could put your finger out the either side because of the rocks that were ever so close.  What great fun it was.
Several years ago I returned with my husband and we took the ride on the steam train but this past visit in March we didn't.

The railway was the only way to get copper from the mine at Queenstown to markets.  Until 1932, when a Hobart road link was completed, it was the only access through to Queenstown.







Obviously a jetty and Strahan Village across the bay.
Abandoned business below, excellent view of the bay. 




Not far from the jetty we tool a walk along the path.


Couldn't get a good photo of the street in Strahan due to vehicles being in the way, the houses are sweet and it's also where you catch the boat for the Macquarie Harbour cruise.


36 comments:

  1. Sounds like this trip is bringing back fond childhood memories.

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  2. Lovely information with your post, I have always enjoy riding on trains … don't know why!
    There are many 'heritage' type railways in the UK where you can still have rides on (restored) steam trains - it's just great.

    Lovely photographs again, I always enjoy my visits to your blog.

    All the best Jan

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  3. I like the red trains in your photos. We had fun on a train ride in West Virginia many years ago.

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    1. It's fun remembering back to what we once did, all those fun things that people can't necessarily do today.

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  4. Schöne Bilder eine Fahrt mit einen Dampfzug ist klasse.

    Noke

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  5. There is something about steam trains isn't there? And the water views are lovely. I would happily walk down that inviting path too.

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    1. Always good to have a ride in a steam train - so many people are interesting in them - they are from our past but were fun.

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  6. Such a pretty place. It looks like you had very good weather for your visit.

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    1. It was beautiful there.
      Perfect weather for that area when we were there, didn't rain at all..

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  7. Esos trenes antiguos, son una maravilla. Se viaja tan lento que puedes recrearte en el paisaje. En cierta ocasión subí a uno muy parecido a este.

    Besos

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    1. Yes, it's good fun and I'm pleased you went for a ride on one similar :)

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  8. Love the rose and the train station. Delightful post.

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    1. Thanks Bill, just had a fiddle with the background of the rose - thought I would like it on my blog, rose from my garden in summer.

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  9. I do like trains and steam trains the best of all.
    Merle.........

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    1. Do you know I have only had half a ride on a normal train..that mean from a certain place along the same railway I have mentioned we changed trains as the steam one only went do far - so the remainder of the journey was normal train...but back in the time I lived there, steam all the way there and back..

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    1. It's a cutie, one carriage left behind I expect because the other carriages would be in use with tourists.

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  11. I love your rosebud header, I can see the velvet on the petals :)
    lovely pictures, those train carriages look well maintained.

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    1. Thanks River, it's a beautiful rose. The trains are just gorgeous. We went in one a few years back, inside it was all Sassafras wood..

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  12. I'm overwhelmed by your photos....and Wow! That rose...stunning!!!!! :)

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  13. A wonderful trip to walk down memory lane! I would love to ride on a steam train! Nice view of the jetty!

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    1. Many haven't experienced a steam train, many have :)

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  14. Beautiful trains, crossing and Stations, and water ways, love them.

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  15. Fantastic place.
    I love the train, is so beautiful.
    Have a happy weekend
    Maria
    Divagar Sobre Tudo um Pouco

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  16. Lovely place, and the train is nice.
    Hugs

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